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Just One Breath: The Valley Fever Blog

This blog builds on the Reporting on Health Collaborative's "Just One Breath" Valley Fever reporting project, which was launched in September 2012 in several California newspapers, online news services, public radio and at ReportingonHealth.org.

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We don’t write enough about what happens when someone is given the wrong diagnosis. Here's what you should know.

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Reporters investigating the impact of valley fever in California dug up striking information about the disease's financial costs to taxpayers. Here's how they did it.

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Behind the increasing cases of valley fever in California are people whose lives have been forever changed by the disease.

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Ask someone about an infectious disease that scares them. Chances are good they will not mention valley fever. But doctors compare it to cancer because of the way it feeds on tissue and keeps coming back.

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Our Reporting on Health Collaborative found that valley fever causes more deaths than Hantavirus, hepatitis A, whooping cough and salmonella poisoning combined, yet all of these conditions are more widely known.

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A group of journalists plans to tackle a large community health problem in California -- Valley Fever, also known by its more technical name, coccidioidomycosis or “cocci.” Their reporting will dig deep into the trends, the costs, the science, the funding and the policy responses to the disease.

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